The Trail Blazin', Star Gazin', Hell Raisin' Countrified Music Festival Concept, part magical mystery music bus tour part winery/brewery tour, returns to Heathcote on Saturday 22nd April, 2023.

Going Up The Country ... Stars & Bars Festival Heathcote brings together a combination of amazingly talented artists, an exploration of the finest wine, beer, spirits, food & hospitality the Heathcote region is quickly becoming known for & some truly unique locales as the backdrop for this experiential festival event.

Having won some very loyal fans with 2022’s inaugural outing, this year’s newly minted edition returns with some fresh new locales, familiar favourites & a stellar handpicked line up representing everything from Alt Country, Americana, Heavy Groove, Funk & Soul, Blues & Roots and Electric Jungle Boogaloo to soundtrack your sonic sojourn in Central Victoria.

The Seven Ups

Karl S. Williams

Leslie D. King & The Trembling Shakes

Jungle Jim Smith

Nathan Seeckts

Riley Catherall

Rhianna Fibbins

Pete Daly


Our locales are much more than just pubs and wineries; they are immersive spaces with stories to tell, ideally suited for musical performances with indoor/outdoor all weather stages boasting stunningly serene vistas where you’ll also learn a thing or two from the winemakers themselves.


From a 150 year old pub Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, this year we’ve added some boutique small batch wineries doing big things from Domain Asmara out Tooleen way, to Wren Estate in the shadow of Mt Camel, to Condie Estate just minutes outside Heathcote with the final destination Palling Bros Brewery’s Evening Session in their recently expanded Beer Garden.




What better way could you spend the (Almost) Anzac Day Long weekend than to Buy The Ticket & Take The Ride. Leave The City behind & get On The Road Again with an extended Stay-Cation? Relax with friends old & new, take some time to tune in, drop out & breathe in some of that rarefied country air.


With local accommodation options available in Heathcote we’re also pleased to welcome aboard Serenity of Heathcote providing outstanding glamping options allowing you to Unplug & Unwind on 65 secluded acres just minutes from the festival happenings.


 The nearby Heathcote Queen Meadow Caravan Park is also conveniently located right in the centre of town, a short walk to the Bus Tour pick up point and Palling Bros Brewery’s Evening Session.


Alright Ramblers, Let's Get Rambling...



2 Event Ticket Types On Sale Now

Bus Tour:  

All Aboard The Heathcote Express showcasing
8 acts across 5 locales over 12 hours
from 10:30am – 10:30pm.
The Seven Ups, Karl S.Williams, Leslie D. King & The Trembling Shakes, Jungle Jim Smith, Nathan Seeckts, Riley Catherall, Rhianna Fibbins & Pete Daly
included in the ticket are 3 complimentary wine tastings sessions & afternoon tea & access to the Evening Session.
Arrive in comfort & style on our Luxury Buses visiting
Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, Domain Asmara, Wren Estate,
Condie Estate & Palling Bros Brewery.
Bus Departs 10:30am from Heathcote Visitor Info Centre in the Main Street & arrives back at Palling Bros Brewery’s doorstep at 6:00pm to kick off the Evening Session.
Tickets Strictly Limited. 
  Tickets $100 + b/f via



  Evening Session:

If you can’t make a day of it, join the tour at Palling Bros Brewery in the Beer Garden from 6:00pm – 11:00pm featuring
4 acts
The Seven Ups, Karl S. Williams, Leslie D. King & The Trembling Shakes, Jungle Jim Smith.
Enjoy a pre-show meal, sample some handcrafted beers or grab a Moon Dog Fizzer Seltzer from the Pop Up Bar.
Palling Bros Brewery168 High St, Heathcote.
  Tickets $40 + b/f  via

Pre-sale tickets encouraged.
Limited tickets available at the door.


About The Festival

Trail Blazin', Star Gazin', Hell Raisin' Countrified Music Festival Concept. Limited Edition. First Time, Every Time. Instant Classic. Handpicked. Homegrown. Down Home. Take A Sonic Sojourn. Ramble On. Like A Hurricane. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride.

The brainchild of Festival Chief Lincon Boyd, from inception Stars & Bars Festival was designed as a Music Festival Concept. Harnessing & embracing constant evolution. Meta By Nature. It can be like water, taking on a multitude of forms; it can become whatever it wants to be, A true shape shifter. Not locked into any one dimensional plain, time, place, space, genre or pre-conceived notion. We're Eclectic. From Alt Country to Stoner Rock, Hip Hop to Classic Rock, Funk’n’Soul, Oceanic Cumbia & Afrobeat to the Deepest of Jungle House. Be Like Water My Friend.


Heathcote & Surrounds

Heathcote has a sophisticated approach to the finer things in life. A welcoming village atmosphere awaits just a little over an hour from Melbourne, 2 hours from Geelong, 1 & ½ hours from Ballarat & 40 minutes from Bendigo. In the heart of Central Victoria and nestled beneath the stunning McHarg and McIvor Ranges, is the charming township of Heathcote.

It is fast becoming one of Australia's most loved wine regions. Good food, friendly cellar doors, spectacular landscapes, gold rush relics, local art and craft, serene bushlands and dark night skies dotted with stars make Heathcote an ideal place to explore.

Enjoy unique accommodation: from five-star offerings through to farms stays or pretty camping grounds and indulge in the delicious produce, food and wine options to be found in the area.

Spectacular landscapes allow you to truly take in the great outdoors, be it a picnic in the forest, or a walk or ride along the picturesque O’Keefe Rail Trail. Spend some time fishing, boating, skiing or swimming at Lake Eppalock or perhaps appreciate some of the many great historical sites in and around the township.

Beautiful gold rush era architecture lines the main street where you can also enjoy a great cup of coffee, sweet boutiques, good food and, of course, some damn fine wine tasting.

Stars & Bars Festival acknowledge Australia’s First Nation Peoples, The Wadawurrung, The Dja Dja Wurrung and Taungurung People  & Their Ancestors. The Traditional Custodians of the lands on which our Festival occurs. We pay our respects to Their Elders, Past, Present & Future.










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